Monthly Archive for July, 2011

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Bundestag Approves CCS Bill

With the votes of the ruling Conservative/Liberal government, the Bundestag (German Parliament) approved the controversial CCS bill, thus transposing Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide to the extent that CCS demonstration projects can be carried out until 2017.

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Transmission System Operators to Standardise Balancing Group Contracts as of 1 August 2011

According to a recent decision by the Federal Network Agency, the four German transmission system operators have to offer standardised balancing group contracts for new customers as of 1 August 2011 and amend existing contracts accordingly as of 1 October 2011.

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Sale of EnBW Transmission Grid?

Due to the high costs of the German energy transition, EnBW AG has changed its mind regarding its transmission network and is now willing to sell a minority share to investors, e.g. an infrastructure fund, Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) reports.

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362 MWp New Solar Capacity in May

The Federal Network Agency released figures for new PV capacity in May. With 362 MWp added in May, this brings us to 1,079 MWp for 2011 so far and a total of 18.4 GWp.

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New Cooperation Agreement Concerning Gas Grid Access

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), the Association of German Municipal Enterprises (VKU) and GEODE, the association of the independent European private and public gas and electricity distribution companies, have adopted an amendment of the cooperation agreement (KoV IV) concerning grid access.

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Clear Bundestag Majority for 2022 Nuclear Phase-Out and Coalition Party Approval for Energy Package

Despite a heated debate in which the opposition called the government’s shift in its nuclear policy after the Fukushima nuclear accident an act of opportunism, the German Bundestag (Parliament) passed the amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG – ref. no. 17/6070) with a clear majority of 513 to 79 votes and 8 abstentions. The no votes were mainly cast by the Left party.
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